The European Innovation Council has launched the second edition of the European Innovation Procurement Awards to promote and implement innovation procurement across Europe.
“Innovation procurement boosts the process of transforming research results and ideas into innovative solutions. By using innovation procurement, the public and private sectors can provide state-of-the-art services and goods to the society. At the same time, new commercialisation opportunities for suppliers of disruptive solutions are offered, particularly start-ups and SMEs.
The European Innovation Procurement Awards serve to recognise public and private buyers, natural persons and those legal entities supporting these practices across Europe in their efforts to promote and stimulate innovation procurement and the innovative ways the solutions are procured.
The Awards also aim to demonstrate how innovation procurement positively transforms the economy by creating new and sustainable markets, whilst tackling societal challenges such as climate change.
In 2022, the second edition of European Innovation Procurement Awards is featuring three categories:
- Innovation procurement strategy category: reward integrated strategy/action plans that trigger sustainable innovation procurement practices.
- Facing societal challenges category: reward innovative procurement practices aimed at facing the Covid-19 pandemic and consequences during the recovery phase.
- Procurement leadership category: reward outstanding individuals and/or legal entities that create strong role models by empowering others to succeed in the further deployment of innovation procurement; or develop, support, and promote the establishment of new innovative procurement practices within the innovation ecosystem.
Each category will reward the winner with EUR 75 000 and one runner-up with EUR 25 000.
Who should apply?
Any public and private buyers, natural persons, and those legal entities supporting these practices located in one of the EU Member States or Associated Countries to Horizon Europe.
How to apply?
Please, see here.